Former Sri Lanka skipper Ranjan Madugalle has been appointed by the International Cricket Council as its chief match referee and handed him the brief of identifying prospective candidates to make up the rest of the five-man panel.
Ranjan is a highly experienced and respected individual who has earned the right to take the lead role at the head of the new referees panel, commented ICC chief executive officer Malcolm Speed on Wednesday night.
Madugalle represented his country in 21 tests and 65 One Day Internationals between 1979 and 1989. He was captain from 1987 to '89 and served two spells as a national selector. He was appointed to the ICC match referees panel in 1994 and has officiated in 35 tests and 101 ODIs involving all test countries.
Proof of his high standing in the game were his appointment as match referee for the 1999 World Cup final in England and the ICC knock out finals of 1998 and 2000.